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2:35am

Mon April 27, 2015
All Tech Considered

Canadians Love Poop, Americans Love Pizza: How Emojis Fare Worldwide

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:20 am

SwiftKey analyzed more than a billion pieces of emoji data, organized by language and country. The poop emoji was most popular in Canada.
Unicode/Apple

Smartphones have become an essential part of many people's lives — 64 percent of Americans own one. And just as smartphones grew in popularity, so too have emojis. There are now more than a thousand emojis and some of them can really say a lot about how people are using language and communicating.

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7:41am

Sat April 25, 2015
All Tech Considered

As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

A typical interaction with a Lark weight loss coach.
Lark

One day soon, you may be waiting in line for a coffee, eyeing a pastry, when your smart watch buzzes with a warning.

Flashing on the tiny screen of your Apple Watch is a message from an app called Lark, suggesting that you lay off the carbs for today. Speak into the Apple Watch's built-in mic about your food, sleep and exercise, and the app will send helpful tips back to you.

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2:32pm

Fri April 24, 2015
All Tech Considered

At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 2:55 pm

The author, modeling her mother's watch.
Laura Sydell NPR

When my mother passed away, I was by her side in a peaceful, sunny room at a hospice in South Florida. The sliding glass doors looked out to a flourishing garden filled with bougainvillea, rosebushes and carefully cultivated grasses. A block of sunlight, alive with swirling dust, hit the edge of my mother's bed where the tops of her small bony feet made a lump under the light cotton covers.

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7:50am

Fri April 24, 2015
All Tech Considered

A DIY Dream: What If Apple Had Made A Watch In 1985?

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 2:42 pm

The Apple II Watch is meant to parody the Apple Watch and show what wearables might have looked like in the 1980s.
Jon Brown Instructables

One tech nerd is bringing the '80s back, this time in wearables.

The Apple II Watch, designed by 24-year-old DJ Harrigan, is meant to parody the Apple Watch, which was released Friday, and show what wearables might have looked like in the 1980s. The design is bulky and retro, with a tan body and the rainbow Apple logo evocative of the '70s and '80s.

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2:34am

Fri April 24, 2015
All Tech Considered

Will Apple's Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:11 pm

As the Apple Watch goes on sale Friday, it's unclear if the gadget and others like it can attain the utility and prominence smartphones have in the past eight years.
Ryan Emberley AP

The Apple Watch is making quite a splash with its launch Friday, but most of us have never thought about this new gadget, the "smart watch." Is it a luxury item, or is the smart watch destined to be the next great essential, something we don't know we'll need but will.

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